Transcript: Sen. Rand Paul on “Face the Nation,” July 16, 2017

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Saturday night the Senate will not vote on health care in the absence of Sen. John McCain, who underwent surgery Friday to remove a blood clot from above his left eye and will recover in Arizona, according to the senator’s office.

Before the vote was delayed, health care reform remained stalled in the Senate, its fate uncertain. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, as well as all the Democrats, have said they will vote against it. 

Paul, who is pushing Senate Republican leaders for a fuller repeal of Obamacare in their health care reform proposal, joined “Face the Nation” on Sunday. 

A transcript of the interview with Paul, which aired July 16, 2017, is below.


JOHN DICKERSON: We want to turn to the other big story this week, the new Senate Republican health care bill. Like the first version, it would repeal the Obamacare mandate to buy health insurance and reduce funding for its Medicaid expansion. But the new bill adds $45 billion to tackle the opioid abuse, keeps some Obamacare taxes on the rich, and includes Senator Ted Cruz’s proposal to allow insurers to offer a bare bones plan.

Republicans can only lose two votes and still pass the bill. Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul says he’s a no, and he joins us from Bowling Green, Kentucky. Good morning, Senator. The bill has been delayed because of Senator McCain’s surgery on Friday. How will that change the way this goes forward?

SENATOR RAND PAUL: You know, I think the longer the bill’s out there, the more conservative Republicans are going to discover that it’s not repeal. And the more that everybody’s going to discover that it keeps the fundamental flaw of Obamacare. It keeps the insurance mandates that cause the prices to rise, which chase young, healthy people out of the marketplace, and leads to what people call adverse selection, where you have a sicker and sicker insurance pool and the premiums keep rising through the roof.

And one of…

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